Kovil (film)

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Directed by Hari
Produced by A. M. Rathnam
Written by Hari
Starring Silambarasan
Sonia Agarwal
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography Priyan
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Distributed by Sri Satya Sai Movies
Release date
  • 10 January 2004 (2004-01-10)
Running time
148 minutes
Language Tamil

Kovil (English: Temple) is a 2004 Indian Tamil-language drama film written and directed by Hari. It starred Silambarasan and Sonia Agarwal in the lead roles. It was dubbed into Telugu as Rudrudu.[2]


Puliyankulam and Veppankulam are nearby villages with an enmity lasting for a few generations. Periyasamy (Rajkiran) is a Hindu from Puliangulam and is widely respected by the villagers. Michael Soosai (Nassar) is a devout Orthodox Christian from Veppangulam and does not trust other religions. Sakthivel (Silambarasan) is Periaysamy’s son, and he studies in a college in Nagercoil. Angel (Sonia Agarwal) is Michael's daughter, and she attends the same college.

Sakthivel and Angel meet in college and fall in love. Angel is afraid that her father will never allow her to marry a Hindu, especially from the rival village. Michael and Periyasamy get to know about the relationship between Sakthivel and Angel. Michael gets angry and scolds his daughter, while Periyasamy agrees for the wedding. Michael does not want an inter-caste marriage and decides to force his daughter to become a nun. Periyasamy arrives and tells the truth in front of everyone that Angel is Soosai’s adopted daughter and that she was born to Muslim parents. Michael realizes his mistake and agrees for the wedding.



One of the high points of the film is cycle race where hero Silambarasan and villain Sathyan take part. There are 3 fights in the film, but they've been very realistically picturised, says the director. The entirely village-based subject has been shot at locations in Nagercoil, Kuttralam, Munnar among other places. Says Hari, "For the cycle race we shot, we collected about a 1,000 people for the scene. We took about five days to shoot. The total shooting for the film was wrapped up in 59 days".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Hindu praised simbhu's performance as "restraint and maturity".[4]


The soundtrack comprises six songs composed by Harris Jayaraj. All lyrics written by Snehan except for "Collegikku" (Na. Muthukumar). The soundtrack received positive reviews upon release and became a commercial hit.

Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj
Released 2003
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Five Star Audio
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Song title Singers
"Arali Vedayil Vidaitha" Palakkad Sriram
"Kadhal Panna" Kovai Kamala, Silambarasan, Vadivelu, Tippu
"Puyalae Puyalae" Karthik, Mahathi
"Kokku Meenai Thinnuma" Shankar Mahadevan, Srilekha Parthasarathy
"Silu Silu Siluvena" Tippu
"Collegikku" Karthik

Telugu track list[edit]

Lyrics are written by Sahithi and Ponduri

Song title Singers
"Vishapu Vanilo" Narayana
"Gunde Ninda" Malgudi Subha, Murali
"Puvama Puvama" Murali, Sumangali
"Ravika Leni" Ranjith, Sumangali
"Kasi Kasiga" Harish Raghavendra
"Collegeki Podam" Ranjith


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